No man has hired us
The word ‘hired’ means to be employed to do something.
With that definition in mind let’s look at this scripture:
Matthew 20: 1 – 7
1For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.
2And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
3And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
4And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.
5Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.
6And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?
7They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.
From the above scripture, the householder hired labourers into his vineyard, e.g. His work. It also stated that the householder went out at frequent times to see what was going on in His vineyard and met labourers idle.
In verse 6 the householder asked the idle labourers a question ‘Why stand idle all day’. This question indicates that either He had given an initial command to work that they had not obeyed or He expected them to use their initiative to get up and do something.
This was their response; because no man hath hired us; the response of the householder was to go into the vineyard;.
We can learn many lessons from this account. The fact that no man had hired them was no excuse for them not to work in His vineyard. When the householder responded, He did not say, ‘O, wait for a man to hire you;, He said ‘Go ye also into the vineyard’.
1 Corinthians 3:8- 9
Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
9For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.
The Lord has given everyone a gift. 1 Peter 4: 10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
We are expected to be good stewards of the manifold grace of God. But no man has hired me? No body has asked me to join a department? My Pastor has not approached me to do something?
From the above scripture that we just examined, it is no excuse. We need to get up, pray, find opportunities and get on with it. As we start out and we acknowledge the Lord He will give us more specific directions relating to His individual plans for our lives, but lets not stand idle.